Information Literacy

Information literacy is critically important because we are surrounded by a growing ocean of information in all formats. Not all information is created equal: some is authoritative, current, reliable, but some is biased, out of date, misleading, and false. The amount of information available is going to keep increasing. The types of technology used to access, manipulate, and create information will likewise expand.
Information literacy is knowing when and why we need information, where to find it, and how to evaluate, use and communicate it in an ethical manner.
Information literacy is needed for an understanding of:
  • A need for information.
  • The resources available.
  • How to find information.
  • The need to evaluate results.
  • How to work with or exploit results.
  • Ethics and responsibility of use.
  • How to communicate or share your findings.
  • How to manage your findings.
East West University library is an integral part of the University and designed to meet the information, research, and curriculum needs of its students, faculty and staff members. It has comprehensive collections to meet the needs of its users. The Library provides a variety of services designed to support students, faculty members, researchers, and staff members of East West University . All categories of members of the Library are encouraged to examine, consult, borrow and browse through any book, journal, printed/non-printed materials, on-line resources, and receive other services of the library. The EWU Library develops and maintains extensive print and e-resources to support the research, teaching and learning activities of the University. The core collections encompass subjects in computer, electronic, materials, mechanical, civil and environmental engineering, mass communication, business, banking and accounting, humanities, art and design, biological and life sciences etc.
The Library has extensive holdings including print collections (collections are mostly open access), e-resources collection include unique e-journals, e-books, and theses, student projects, research reports, etc. in full text. The information sources are easily accessible, relevant, reliable and of high quality.
The Library’s mission is to enable staff and students in EWU to engage optimally with the ever changing information environment in order to succeed in their research, learning and teaching goals. In order to achieve that mission Library personnel will provide assistance to the users to know, understand their information needs, to select sources and devise, to apply search strategies appropriate to their needs, to use systems, and evaluate information and sources effectively, and finally to ensure optimal usage of resources.
The following services and trainings are provided from EWU library to carry on information literacy program:
  • Present general orientation on various aspects of library resources and services.
  • Provide instructions/ guidance on  various search techniques  and useful features of exiting library software through Power point presentation as well as online guidance
  • Assist students and faculty members in small groups to help them develop the information literacy skills for accessing, using, evaluating of information and information sources and communicate it in an ethical manner.
  • Encourage/ Promote the use of e-resources including e-journals, e-books, institutional repository, Digital Library etc.
  • Provide training on building a bibliography and proper citation in any standard style, for example APA, MLA, Harvard, Chicago style etc by using Mendeley Software.
  • Conduct training programs and workshops on various aspect of information literacy for students and LIS professionals from  EWU and other organizations.
Users’ Instructions:
  • Students must fill out the Online Registration Form for a valid EWU Library card to use the library.
  • Registered member have to attend the Library Information Literacy program after online registration within 7 days.
  • Without participating in the program students are restricted to enjoy the borrowing facilities of the library resources.
  • Seats are limited to a session; therefore Classes are organized in first come first serve basis.
  • Students have the opportunity to select their preferable time, as the Literacy program is conducted twice in a week.